Sweet, sweet completion. After 4 full months in various stages of being torn apart, it’s put back together again and ready for guests. Without further ado:
Paint: SW Interesting Aqua and SW Alabaster | Tile: Tracce del Tempo in marrone 13x13s | Sink: Mansfield Barrett | Toilet: Mansfield Barrett, a discontinued version without concealed trap | Faucet, towel ring, and TP ring: Moen Eva collection in brushed nickel | Mirror: Lowe’s
We’ve worked on it most of the last bunch of weekends, and I confess I got so tired of the project toward the end that I wasn’t enjoying working on it, let alone taking pictures or writing about it. So, I stopped blogging about it – this is supposed to be fun, right? Besides, nobody wants to see pictures of “and then I did another coat of white paint!” or “and then we ran out to Lowe’s again!”
We did a lot of that – the running out to Lowe’s again. It seemed like every step that could’ve had a hangup, required another trip to Lowe’s, needed a different part, or had 8 more steps than we thought, did. Most parts of the project weren’t that difficult, but they were almost all things we don’t do everyday. “One off” sort of projects always take more time and effort than you expect.
After it was all finished, it struck me how similar it was to what was previously there – it was really just a nicer, more polished version of itself. The layout is the same. It’s still blue, and still has neutral colored, square-patterned flooring. The shift from bisque to white fixtures isn’t dramatic. The mirror and vanity light were things we’d had in there before. But the overall impression, I think, is much nicer. It’s the little things. Looking at the befores:
There’s no more gapping between pieces of laminate flooring, no more vague smell of mold (the old toilet wax seal leaked), no more pinky beige, circa 1985, no more shreds of wallpaper that I couldn’t quite get out from behind the baseboard molding, no more shoddy finish carpentry, more floor space, and a cleaner, brighter look. It’s warmer, with a forced air heat register that now opens into the room, and radiant heat in the floor. It feels more like part of the house, not part of the garage.
We still have a few little tasks left to do: we need to install a threshold between the tile and the family room carpet, just to finish it off. I’m also thinking about what to hang on the walls. A floating shelf over the toilet would provide space for extra TP rolls, etc. I admit I will probably miss the vanity storage space a little. With the heat vent where it is, I think we made the right decision to use a pedestal sink, but it always pains me to sacrifice storage space.
We’re also going to replace the lauan door – which looks so orange against all that white! – with a solid pine 6 panel door that will be painted white to match, with a brushed nickel knob. I am ready to give that up for now and call it a separate project. I need a little break where I’m “done” for a bit. We’ll eventually be doing all the interior doors in the house, and they’ll all still be there next month.
Just for funsies:
I’m pretty proud of that!